Lydia Reviews: Dragon’s Hoard by MA Church

TITLE:  Dragon’s Hoard

Author: M. A. Church

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 234

Characters: Warwick Ehecatl and Avery Montgomery

POV:  3rd

Sub-Genre:  Paranormal,

Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree. He soon has second thoughts, though. Warwick is fearsome, and he’s free to do as he likes with Avery.

Warwick knows his race’s reputation, and he even admits some of it is deserved. But he’d rather cut off his tail than let his innocent mate’s light go out. It won’t be easy, but buried deep, there’s something between them worth safeguarding.

Review:

Dragon’s Hoard is a new paranormal romance by author M. A. Church.  I have read several books by this author and Dragon’s Hoard is my favorite to date.  I really loved the main characters, Avery and Warwick.

Avery comes to Warwick’s attention in a way that causes more than a few problems.  You see, Avery’s father, the Alpha of the Sunset Creek pack, needs money.  As a result, he turns to Warwick for a loan.  One that has some stiff penalties if Alpha Montgomery defaults.  Unfortunately, when the loan becomes due and Montgomery does not have the money to pay for it, he must turn over his son, Avery as well as three pack businesses.  As you would expect Avery is not the least bit happy when he finds out what has happened, but when he meets Warwick he cannot help but be drawn to the man who is his mate.

Warwick has been around for a long time.  His reputation as someone not to cross is well earned.  But what he keeps hidden is that he cares for those around him and has bonded with a few key members in his employment.   It is this hidden side that draws Avery to Warwick.   Soon the attraction that these two feel for each other explodes.  I loved seeing these two together, especially when they run in their animal form.

There are several moments that will have you laughing, such as when Warwick and Avery get a little passionate, forgetting that they are in the park, or when Warwick takes Avery to see his hoard and wallows in his treasures.  It is moments like this that hold the reader’s attention.  Dragon’s Hoard will draw you in from the first page.  This is an excellent story to start with if you are looking to get your feet wet in the M/M genre.  It is also a book that fans of the author are sure to love.

On a side note, if the blurb for this story does not draw you in, the cover is sure to grab your attention.  The cover artist really did an outstanding job, especially with the eyes.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: It Takes Two to Tango by MA Church


Title: It Takes Two to Tango
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: M.A. Church
Pages: 230
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Remi Ginn’s an easygoing werecat with a love of snarky T-shirts. He would be perfectly happy with a human mate. Is that what the goddess Bast gives him? Of course not. Instead she gifts him with Marshell, a Vetala, a snakelike nonshifter who drinks blood to survive. A man who’s just as toppy as Remi—and even more powerful than the West Falls Clowder’s Alpha and heir apparent.

While Remi is deciding whether he can handle the fates’ choice, hunters attack Marshell. Afterward, in an explosion of passion, Remi and Marshell mate and Remi declares Marshell his. Now they have to figure out how to make their relationship work as they dance around each other.

The clowder is in turmoil, and Remi’s acceptance of Marshell rocks the very foundation of the insular group. The consequences will be far-reaching. And if that isn’t problem enough, the situation with the hunters is far from resolved… as proved by the appearance of an Alpha werewolf.

Review:

It Takes Two to Tango is the third book in the Fur Fangs and Felines series. During the course of the second book, Behind the Eight Ball, we found out that Remi and Marshell were mates. The problem however is that while Remi’s friends found human mates, Remi’s mate is a Vetala – a paranormal stronger than any alpha.

This plays strongly into this new story in several ways. First, neither man is a bottom which means one of them is going to have to give up control at some point, something that is hard for men like them. Second, Remi needs to be in a clowder and if his alpha cannot accept Marshell, Remi will need to find one that will, something that is not very likely to happen. Even if neither of those things was a factor, there are hunters that appear out of nowhere and a crazy stalker that is still on the loose.

There is a strong attraction between Remi and Marshell but the problems they face could keep them from forming the bond they wish for. I liked that the author does not keep them apart but rather shows them that they are stronger together. I loved that the characters acknowledge their need for each other. I loved that Remi chose to stand by his mate, no questions asked, even though they hardly knew each other. And the passion that exists between them, that is off the charts.

I liked the little twists that exist in this story. There is a twist that will shock the readers and it made me wonder if the author has a spin off series planned. I liked that the author brings back past characters and makes them secondary’s in the current book, giving the readers a chance to catch up with past favorites. There is news on this point as well that some may be surprised at, while others may not.

This is a series that I will be reading again and again. Readers of the shifter sub-genre should really give it a try. It is different enough from the norm that it is sure to become a fan favorite.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: Behind the Eight Ball by MA Church


Title: Behind the Eight Ball
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: M.A. Church
Pages: 214
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.
Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

Review:

Behind the Eight Ball is the second book in the Fur, Fangs, and Felines series. This story is a paranormal romance that fans of the sub-genre are sure to enjoy. It centers on one of Dolf’s betas. In fact, fans of the first book may remember that Heller was the beta that objected the loudest when Dolf and Tal mated with a human. It only makes since then that fate would in turn also mate Heller with a human.

Lawson is part owner of an auto detail shop and thanks to his partners he is no stranger to the paranormal world. He is attracted to Heller as soon as he meets the other man, but Heller is a bit of an ass which turns Lawson off in a heartbeat. Readers can imagine just how Heller reacted when he realized the smell he was picking up was coming from Lawson instead of the sexy female at the counter.

Lawson and Heller have a lot to overcome and their misunderstandings keep them from getting together right away, however, once their personal issues are cleared up, or at least explained, the passion that flairs between them is intense. But even though Lawson and Heller clear up their issues, there are other factors in play that add a lot of twists and turns to the story.

There is a lot to love about this story, and I am sure it will bring the author many new fans. For me though one of the things I love about this story the most is the way the author handles Heller in his second form. The story is written in the first person and when Heller is in his feline form, house cat, his actions and thoughts are so realistic that they made me think of some of my own cats. More than once he had me laughing.

I have enjoyed the first two books in this series and can’t wait to see what else the author has planned. If you have not yet tried anything by M.A. Church than I strongly urge you to try this series, as I am sure you will enjoy it.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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M.A. Church Trouble Comes in Threes

Title:   Trouble Comes in Threes

Author:   M.A. Church

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Length:  234 pages

Sub-Genre:   Paranormal

Kisses:   5 Kisses—Loved it. You loved the book and would highly recommend it.

 

 

Blurb:

A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.

Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.

Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.

 

Review :

Being a Christmas story, I wasn’t sure if “Trouble Comes in Threes” would be a full, satisfying read or a light, sweet piece. Definitely the former. Although it is set during Christmas and the New Year, this story is a good, strong story with loveable characters and an interesting story. I really enjoyed the way M.A. Church wove the three very different personalities or Kurt, Tal, and Dolf together and gave them each something different from the relationship. And the way Kurt dealt with his new reality was so believable that I felt like I was there with him. The action, when it happened, wasn’t overblown or exaggerated and flowed easily from the story and the natures of the shifters and characters. There are other parts I loved about the social interactions among the clowder but I won’t detail them so as not to spoil your read.

I recommend “Trouble Comes in Threes” to anyone who loves a great paranormal read, Christmas or not. Rather than being a paranormal story with a great evil or huge conspiracy, this story emerged from human nature and the more savage feline side of the shifters’ reality. Definitely recommended for those who like a full story that includes a romance.

I have read M.A. Church’s “The Harvest: Taken”, and it was the main reason I took a gamble on reading this story. I’m glad I did. A good read for any time of the year.

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Taken by MA Church


Title: The Harvest, Book One: Taken
Author: MA Church
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 165 (anthology of 5 stories)
Genre: Science Fiction
Kisses: 3




Blurb:

In the year 2050, humanity finds out they are indeed not alone.
Massive space ships appear without warning above the capital cities of all major nations. The planet Tah’Nar is dying. Chemical warfare has reduced the once-intersexed warrior race to sterility. They need fresh DNA in order to reproduce and have an idea for a harvesting program…and so they turn to Earth.

Earth governments negotiate a lottery, and Dale Michael assumes he’s safe since he’s under the Harvest age limit. How wrong he is. He’s illegally harvested and claimed by Tah’Narian starship captain Keyno Shou. From the Keyno sees Dale, he knows he must claim the spirited human male for his own. What he doesn’t expect is a spitfire with a mind of his own – and a deadly disease that will require a risky procedure to cure.

Review:

This is a page turning book that kept my interest from start to finish. The story revolves around Dale Michaels who is 17 years old when Earth finds out that Aliens exist. In the face of overwhelming force Earth doesn’t fight but capitulates to the Aliens request to harvest mates. Mates taken from the male population aged between 23 and 28 by way of a lottery for a period of 5 years.

Told entirely from Dale’s point of view the story begins one week before Dale’s 23rd birthday when he is illegally Harvested by the Tah’Narian starship captain Keyno Shou. We follow him through the initial medical procedures and into his new life with Keyno which doesn’t run entirely smoothly but there were few real surprises.

This is first story I’ve read by M A Church and sadly I found myself dropped out of the story disappointingly often as descriptions and references left me recalling famous films and TV shows I have watched. This led to the world building being less convincing as I have read elsewhere and the characters a little too predictable. However the introduction of Keyno’s hair and tail to the sex scenes was refreshing, well done and probably my favourite idea in the book.

This is an anthology of five stories which are seamlessly linked together to make one long story but even so it lacked enough highs and lows to make this a really memorable story hence only 3 kisses.

Reviewed by Smidgeson

Shadows in the Night by MA Church


Title: Shadows in the Night
Author: M. A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
Characters: Chip Riley and Jason Sky
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Paranormal
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

When Chip Riley’s beloved granny passes away, she leaves him all her money, her land, and a house that needs some tender love and care. She never mentioned the legacy comes with a Native American shifter who intends to claim Chip as his mate.

Jason Sky has lived since buffalo roamed the land. When his totem spirit, a black cougar, saves a little girl, he doesn’t realize that generations later, her grandson will become his mate, leaving him to take on a modern man with modern ideas. But that’s the least of his problems.

Garon, another shifter with a long-held hatred for Jason, plots to kidnap Chip and lure Jason to his death. Soon Chip finds himself in an untenable position between a rock and a hard place. A leap of faith may be the only way to save himself and the man he’s learned to love.

Review:

The book market has become saturated lately with paranormal, or more specifically werewolf, stories. Ms. Church, however, is able to give the readers a refreshing look at this genre with her story, Shadows in the Night. The characters are engaging and I like that the author gave us a prologue that shows the connection between the two men, yet also explains why Chip has not recollection of seeing the big cat as a child.

Chip’s life has not been going as smooth as he would like. He hates his job, but when he loses it he does not know what he is going to do. Then he learns that his grandmother, the only real family he has, has died. When he learns that he is her beneficiary he see this as a sign that it’s time for him to make some changes. When he meets Jason he is surprised by the strong feelings he has for the man.

There are a lot of secrets in this story. First there is the one surrounding Chip and a heritage he knows nothing about. It is easy to understand the secrets Chip’s grandmother kept, especially given the nature of her own daughter. Then there is the secret that Jason, and many of the town’s people, is keeping from Chip. Chip’s reaction when he finds out is understandable and his little freak out in the beginning had me laughing. Finally there is Garon. Now this guy is a real creep and the reason behind his actions made me shake my head.

By themselves, each of these issues could have carried the story, yet the author did a great job weaving each of them throughout the book. This gives the readers several little twists to work through and keeps them turning the pages to see what will happen next.

Shadows in the Night, is an interesting story, one that will hold the reader’s attention from the beginning. The relationship between the main characters is strong with an intense chemistry that heats up the pages. The secondary characters play important roles in the story and I loved the little humming bird shifter, something I have not yet seen done. Those that enjoy this sub-genre are sure to love this latest addition.

Reviewed By: Lydia

Please put your hands together for: M.A. Church from Storm Moon Press

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Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

LOL! Ahh, Coke, please. Seriously, the kiddo bought me a cup recently that had the Coke logo all over it because I drink waaaay too much of it!

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a mother of two children, both out of high school. The youngest will start college this August. She wants to be a music teacher.

I’ve been married for almost twenty years too, lol. I worked in Elementary Education for half my life, but resigned three years ago due to a terminally ill parent. It was then I discovered M/M and my love of writing.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted by Storm Moon Press, what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

“Oh thank God!” LOL. Storm Moon had just accepted The Harvest. I jumped up and down, screamed, cried, scared the crap out of the Kiddo with my yelling, called some author friends, cried some more, then called the hubby at work.

What forces brought you over to the GLBT Genre? Do you focus on one part of the QUILTBAG or do you write various identities, expressions, or orientations? What made you want to write what you do?

I couldn’t sleep one night and was surfing the internet. Mom had a bad day and, even though I was exhausted, I couldn’t sleep. I decided to try and find something on-line to read. It was late at night, and I’d already read everything I had on hand here, so off I went to see what was out there.

Best thing I’ve ever done!

What I found was a free web site that offered stories. It had a gay male section. I’d never read stories like that before, so I gave it a try… and was hooked immediately. It probably helped that the first two authors’ I read were so good. One is now a published author and the other one was already a published author. (I didn’t know that at the time. I’ve since become somewhat friendly with him, and he’s been a real help to me.)

After a while, I decided to give writing a try and wrote under the name nomoretears00. Imagine my surprise when I received a good response! You see, I’d never read anything but M/F before, and certainly never written anything. The next thing I knew, I placed first with an M/M story in a contest there. That prompted me to try and get published.

So far, I’ve only written M/M. I’ve been asked several times why I like writing M/M and I really have no answer… except to say I enjoy it. It’s what I *want* to read and write now. I’ve tried to write M/F and it was a… chore, lol. Which is kind of funny since I’m straight and female.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Cookies? Did you say cookies? OMG, yes, just pass me the whole damn plate, lol. I’m not picky! And cake? Oh man, not cake too! You’re killing me, lol.

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How many hours a day do you spend writing?

There’s no simple answer to that, lol. The hubby and I agreed long ago that when he’s home, and awake lol, I don’t work. Well, unless I have edits come in or something else major. But other than that, I’m off the computer. That’s our time together. Plus, he works funky shifts. Two weeks on days, then two weeks on nights… then there’s the three days on, two days off thing too. Like I said, funky. What little time we have together is precious and keeps our marriage sound.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

Revise as I go along. Always.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I plan. Oh boy, do I plan. I do an outline, character information sheet… the whole nine yards. Guess it’s the teacher in me.

It’s *also* a standing joke with the people that know me about my plans, lol. They never work out how I want! I’ve been known to chunk the whole plot midway through a story too. That makes for some *interesting* moments too, lol.

Of your characters, do you have a favorite and why?

Huh, that’s a hard one. I guess Dale from The Harvest is my favorite. You see, there’s a story behind that series. I started writing it right after Mom passed. For the next year, it was one of the few things that kept me sane during that time. Dale has become real to me.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

I can’t say that I have. Amazing, right, lol? Now I’ve probably cursed myself! Now, that’s not say everything always flows easily. There are times when I sit here and get no more than a thousand words done, but once I get past whatever is holding me up, I’m back to normal.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

Oh yes, that would be the couch in the den, lol. But that’s about to change now that the oldest has moved out. I’m converting his old room into an office.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

No. Having kids means that’s next to impossible. If one of them needs me, they come first. *laugh* And having a seventeen and nineteen year old means there’s *always* something going on. Same goes for friends and fellow authors. More than once I’ve walked away from the computer because an author or a friend needed to talk.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

Ha, smart-assed would be the best description. You always see it show up in one of my characters too! What makes me laugh? Like-minded people and situations that are just so ridiculous you have to shake your head. Which I often find myself in the middle of, lol.

What question is you’re most frequently asked as an author?

Ah boy, I don’t know. I guess how do I come up with the plots for some of my stories.

What are you working on now?

At the moment, my WIP is called Wrapped in Leather. It’s contemporary BDSM and the first in a three book series.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your lifestyle as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive, both in your work and out of it?

Hmmm. Get outside. I live in the country and there’s wildlife everywhere. We have a pond in the backyard, so we have geese and ducks that I feed. I have several bird feeders around, so we have a lot of birds, lol. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on the back porch, watching the animals and staring at the water.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the GLBT Genre?

J.D. Robb is one of my favorite authors. I like murder mysteries, thrillers, and scifi.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer.

Oh man, astronaut. How cool would it be to explore space?

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Reading, shopping, collecting antiques, watching football games, and going to flea-markets.

Any special projects from you at Storm Moon Press that came out recently or will be coming out soon we should watch for?

The first book of The Harvest will be released late October (or at least later this year, I believe). I can’t tell you how excited I am over this.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

Blog http://machurch00.blogspot.com
Twitter @nomoretears00
Facebook: M.A. Church
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5141393.M_A_Church

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Carved in Flesh by Angelia Sparrow, Blaine D. Arden, Kaje Harper, Logan Zachary, MA Church, Naomi Brooks and TC Mill


Title: Carved in Flesh
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 193
Characters: Multiple
Sub-Genre: M/M, Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

People often say that the true perfection in the human form is in its imperfections. Scars are visceral reminders of a person’s past, a sign of an event that can never fade. Whether it was gained in combat, a traumatic experience, or part of a ritual with a lover, scars are the ultimate labels. They leave a permanent mark on the body and spirit that, one way or another, change a person forever.

Veld is an Elf who has known for years that his mute friend Oren is spoken for; the design of scars spanning Oren’s torso reminds him with every look. When Oren’s vowed, Haram, is killed, Veld must not only help to prove his own innocence, but also tread carefully as he discovers Oren’s Right and Haram’s last request. Next, Tiocfaidh Ár Lá—”our day will come”—was the cry in Joe Colson’s heart, even as he fled his beloved Ireland to hide from his sins in the States. He’d assumed his chances for love were long past when a much younger man rekindles something in him he’d thought long dead.

A near-fatal car accident leaves superstar model Ashley’s face permanently scarred and his career into a tailspin. Only his lover, Will, can pull him out of his depression, provided his affection hasn’t turned to Faded Love. Young Timothy has come to Larry for Scar Therapy. But Tim is seeking healing of a different kind, and Larry finds that he has his own wounds that need tending. Garvin’s scars are a Gift of the Goddess, seared into his skin as a beacon to find his kidnapped love, Nyle. Rescuing him, though, may entail a deeper wound than even the Goddess would bestow. Finally, when Kanovan returns from his off-world tour, his lover Mirin finds a lover’s mark he hadn’t expected. Mirin must re-evaluate how much Kanovan means to him, and what he must do to make Kanovan always Sojourn Home to him.

Review:

I found this Anthology to be very well written. I really liked every story and thought each story brought something special to the anthology. Every couple dealt with the scars they had in a different way, but all with love. I thought there was a lot of creativity and uniqueness to these storied and each one was emotionally driven. I found myself quickly interested with every character and the story they had to tell. I would recommend Carved in Flesh because it is a good, solid read and I believe your heart will be touched as was mine.

Reviewed by: Cheryl

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